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The Who’s One Week At The UK Album Summit

How many weeks have The Who spent at No. 1 on the UK album chart? Precisely one, with ‘Who’s Next.’

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How many weeks have The Who spent at No. 1 on the UK album chart, since their first appearance there in December 1965? The very surprising answer is one. On the chart for 18 September 1971, Pete, Roger, John and Keith hit the top with the mighty Who’s Next.

The album had debuted in runner-up spot the week before, behind Simon & Garfunkel’s long-running Bridge Over Troubled Water. In week two, Who’s Next moved to the summit, before itself being unseated a week later by Deep Purple’s Fireball.

Who's NextIt was The Who’s fifth album to reach the UK top ten, and they would repeat the feat another ten times, including with 2006’s Endless Wire. In July 2015, the Who Hits 50 compilation came extremely close to extending that run when it rebounded to No. 11, during the band’s 50th anniversary tour. But they have never got back to No. 1.

Who’s Next, produced by the band with associate producer Glyn Johns, would become their most successful in the States in terms of RIAA certification. It was certified triple platinum and reached No. 4 in a 41-week chart run. That repeated the peak of the ‘Tommy’ album that preceded it, and while Quadrophenia went to No. 2 in 1973, it’s only certified single platinum.

Regarded by many as the band’s finest hour, Who’s Next is bookended by the superb ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and also includes such all-time Who classics as ‘Bargain,’ ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ and the majestic ‘The Song Is Over.’

“I’d always felt rock was capable of doing more than the three-minute-fifteen-second track approach,” Pete Townshend told Steve Turner in Beat Instrumental in December 1971, a few months after the album’s release. “But the question now is what we can do with this extended piece of time?

“Today the Who’s problem is that piece of time on the album and on stage has become so predictable. We feel we have to find a new thread that maybe isn’t a standard rock procedure, but that nevertheless has the same fundamental simplicity. My cause is to liberate the group from its own shackles.”

Who’s Next can be bought here.

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  1. raul gomez brand

    September 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Este album lo conoci en 1971 en el barrio san cayetano de cali colombia, lo tenia hector fabio gomez brand trapito o empirico pintor caleño, uno de los fundadores del grupo cultural nómadas, compuesto por pintores, músicos , poetas etc

    • Kathi Lennon

      September 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      You know what? These people have never done me any harm, have never except for the day before yesterday, got in the way of my drive, when I gotta take the old man to the hospital, and I wasn’t too happy about that all in a hurry with the school work, and thinking about them too, what were they gonna do? Things were getting real messed up because I don’t think they work for just anyone, and they had asked to be with us where I was with Neil and Bob. To tell the truth then, it’s hard to say what we were doing, and maybe no sometimess i’ve heard blame they were the ones that made the white people act surf on each other. But, I don’t think so. I know that every time i’ve said, this is making me nervous, I don’t understand, or I wish this the best for you and I do as I can. I think we have had enriching lives. My God, I trust them definitely way more than any of you white people up to me and Neil. And, that’s why I thought they would be an honest gig up at where Joe Walsh told me that his Space Age Wiz Kids Records was free with me and without charge. And, I know that it is some land that goes along with Sharon Tate, Bob and I and ever since I knew about it, we didn’t want to let the Grateful Dead in, so who gives a difference. Bob wasn’t supposed to be recording, he’s supposed to be my Royal Army 1, the whole fleet! And, I started looking at things since 1973 recently and I said, “wow, the whole fiasco, whatever happened, omg, they need a better DA cuz this story is a lie and aweful religious people not even Jerry associates with come around, n his girl fucked me over, and I don’t know, do people get paid on a regular schedule, well I don’t. I haven’t taken a dollar one my friend.” So, I believe I was due a little something to you Pete. And, the last thing I want is eso si no. And, fucking more stupid records that are garbage for sale formula.And, it’s all good, I just wanted a good honest mexican arrest. And they are hired! Sigelo, what’s the good number to call? 1? Dude, I thought she was with you, serious? Oh si, have a good day, whatever, what’s ur telephone number sigilo lady?Thanks man, Amy!

      • kEITH

        September 19, 2017 at 4:08 am

        LAY DOWN THE CRACK PIPE…EVERYTHING YOU JUST WROTE IS GIBBERISH!

  2. Kathi Lennon

    September 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Hi, I want to let all of you thank me for going out so far as to save your lives when it was agreed that your review was over. I didn’t even know you, so I thought i’d soak in some intensions there. And, Roger, what I know is you are not a bad guy at all. Keith, didn’t deserve to die, and Pete turned out to be one of my favorite solo acts of the heart! However, I really don’t like your overbeat music as a band. So, it’s imperitive I get this right, because i’m not sure, Roger, who allowed you to put the end quote up on your website. The fact is, not Steve Turner (Glen Huges discovery), but I told Pete Townshend to do an interview for a magazine going to be called, “Beat Instrumental,” to discuss the pleasant parts of your realization view you had when Jeff and also Kitt put you in the box. And, this said right in front of Jeff was supposed to be a suprise to him when he read it as pleasant and he would think he did a good article for his own magazine he had with Roger Daltry stolen from Ringo Starr, I believe. So, I had to ask Kitt if he was an honest person and that if they would give it back to Ringo on the street chasing after the bus by now, so that he could write a good review on your band. Check it out, I guess that’s never happened with you single four. But, with me, i’m with Bruce Dickerson, trying out a quick BTO, so let’s let Glen Hughe’s and Blackie (Steven Turner) touch with the end at John Entwhistle and see if that got you Steven Turner, Blackie, just so he could be in that magazine all about him, I guess? But, nobody ever got him a good band, so I guess it’s not Ringo’s magazine after all, it’s mine and that is what he was trying to say, a gift from John Lennon or something to do a good review on him in a Day In Life? Or more likely a booking with me and Bruce Dickerson and not John Entwhistle, then I wouldn’t have been mad at all. But, then I was only four and he wasn’t on tour. Entwhistle was trying to make his good pick up for the Carnegie Hall and I guess Jeff was going to take him to that. He also thought, just like this Steve Turner, that he would stop at Parliament Chair in the Neighboorhood, God knows what else, Bowie Entertainer of the Year, Married to Kathi for customs, Parliamentary Queen, Apple Records, Ye Royal Post and Bank, Editors Office, Jimmy Page’s Master Recorder, Deeds, Duals, Whole Fleet Police Department, Numerical Records, Declatories, Statutories, Creed and Clergy, United States FBI, CIA, Witness, Full Trade, Stock Manager, Eagle Eye, Ritchie Blackmore’s wife, Pete’s whole Eminence Front Album, The Gulf of Mexico, $800,000, Deep Purple Record Manager, Ritchie Blackmore Recording Office, Final Manager, Final Verify Signature – oh God, Pete, all from that one rock and roll magazine, and Eno, at customs, could not give him a good review. But, I did for Iron Maiden Records, so why doesn’t someone give me the microphone, and I bet I couldn’t tell you what happened. Yes Pete, you died there. Yes, took over your records. It’s someone I haven’t met yet – it’s Barbara Streisand who keeps your land records over at ‘Hello,’ her first worst band ever? And um, I left Led Zeppelin and had tons of problems? But, I was thier money manager and in all Royals and Entitlements, I bet I wasn’t kidding when I said that, “when Led Zeppelin broke up, it’s best that I have Pete Townshend come live here John, dad, Lennon because I thought he was your best friend, and he did so much for me then.” and Entwhistle was in between everyone’s house and Blackie, let’s discuss why I went and got Tony Iommi, and Ronnie James Dio, if Pete and I couldn’t have the house after all dad, good Mr. Lennon, cuz Entwhistle was there also. Well, let me guess, because of Blackie and Entwhistle there was no one real to call and they didn’t know what the fuk to do because they don’t see a problem with their recording and editing practices. Except, it’s not their house, their assignment, article, gift, number, credit, checking, house device, wife, royal servant, editing team, camera services, two dudes, plane tickets too, royal war, london appendages, and Neil Young Records to discuss with Bob Weir first city out of Sharon Tate to go up as National Guard for Kathi Weaver or Lennon whoever we thought we are, and Bob blew all that because he’s at recording working for me on the good side too? And taking actual good legal account and not just letting Ritchie Blackmore National Guard Fly By, he records the number too. But, I don’t have that in a land act a country, or a National Guard, and I guess I owe that all to you John, because you don’t care what Parliament recorded I was out with Bruce Dickerson in 1980 with Iron Maiden and had to name the record all by myself? And, so I never heard of a Iron Maiden Pin number before, what was that to destroy the world?
    Hey, at Customs Jeff, thanks a lot for your help. Also, Paul thanks for being responsible.Yeah, Alyssa and Kelly i’m sorry Russia is not as stupid as Camilla would have you believe. And, I was very sorry to have somebody like Ronnie James Dio gone when I actually needed someone experienced in these sort of things, but no, Black Sabbath made it a huge joke for me, Megadeth took bookings up of my Time, I can’t practically get hold of Judas Priest whom I think could understand the deal if I could talk to them, but Blackie and whatever entertainment you troll around with, no, you are unresponsible, and good you people, just cuz I will always choose Neil Young and Bob Weir, put us down as eccletic. But, inflitration into this caused breakdown of the society too. See, it’s right what Neil said, “these people are ruthless, and don’t know Government too, and don’t know one social too, and think that they have land on a merging cause to get one check, and be here, and go and sign me up, for $35 bux student, and they are the land owner with gillians of riches while they over consume in one apartment, on your beer.” And that’s the contract you have, “John Lennon Records, Land Act, where the land is filled with gold, cheap budget and you need beer. They are half correct and the governemt is gone.” And, I was looking at him eaisly in a neil gallon of his own blood – and I said, “that’s good drinking water, n um yeahhh, that’s the one I want – it’s free and perfect.” And, I signed it up! And, for anyone within wise reason and attitude, the door is a wide open seol! And, a law became one – a master attorney, a women’s sterik and i’ll call Bob, and he’ll have another attorney, and then we’ll go!

  3. Roy D

    September 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful period of music! Preceded by Simon & Garfunkel and followed by Deep Purple. Today’s youth don’t know what they missed (for the most part).

  4. michel

    September 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    who’s next is their best album after tommy , they have re -invented the rock’n’roll , pete thownshend guitar hero with the riffs of won’t get fooled again , and keith moon heavy rock’nroll druming and roger daltrey the end and the final break yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, wonderfull , and entwistle best bass guitar in my wife

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